Choosing Your Car Interior
When you think about what kind of car you want, the exterior qualities normally come to mind first. People say they want a blue, red, or black car with specific tires, a sunroof, and a spoiler (or not, it’s up to your taste). Rarely do people comment on the interior of the car when asked about their ideal vehicle; however, drivers spend most of their time inside their cars, not looking at them from the outside. Despite the clear emphasis on a car’s exterior, the interior remains a crucial element for car buyers the world over.
The first and most noticeable aspect of the interior of a car is the color. For many people it’s vital to have an interior color that complements the exterior paint, making the car look cohesive and well made. When choosing the color of your interior, remember to keep several things in mind. First, if you choose a dark color, such as black, the car is likely to get very hot during the summertime, as darker colors absorb heat.
Second, if you have young children, a light color may not be the way to go. Light grays and beiges will stain easily and will be much more high maintenance than a darker color. So, for comfort and convenience, a medium shade, such as a darker grey or brown, might work best.
Once the color of your interior is determined, think about the material that will be used. Oftentimes cars come with a set interior, based on the function of the car (sports cars frequently have a microfiber interior, while luxury cars have leather and family cars have easy to clean cloth). All car upholstery is made to be relatively simple to clean, so what it comes down to is your own personal cleaning schedule and your preferred method.
Leather can be wiped down easily, but it requires much more maintenance than cloth or microfiber. Microfiber is easy to maintain, but it is not nearly as comfortable as cloth. Before you finalize negotiations on your new vehicle, make sure that the upholstery will fit your lifestyle.
Although seating is important, there’s much more to a car’s interior than comfort. For a driver, nothing is more important than convenient and easy to read gauges. The speedometer and other instruments should be in a location that is comfortable for the driver, as well as have a pleasing appearance. Different dashboards have different color lights, from blue to red, and it’s important that the lights are not distracting to the driver. Some people, interestingly enough, can function easily with blue lights but are distracted or irritated by red lights.
Likewise, the controls for the radio should be easy to navigate. Drivers should never become distracted by music when on the road, so it’s critical for the safety of everyone in the car that the radio controls are user-friendly.
When purchasing your next car, don’t just think about what you will look like driving down the road. Consider your driving experience and what you value most in a car’s interior. If you take the time to thoroughly examine every aspect of your car you will be sure to make the best selection and be completely happy with your choice!